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Plus you won't want to miss our book reviews, author interviews or our guest bloggers. So grab your favorite beverage then join us for some magic and mayhem! The good news is that you don't have to leave the house or your comfy chair. We have something for everyone's taste and every month we have a different topic for our bloggers: ones we feel that might be useful in your own writing and reader points of view. Not to mention, life in general. So join us and be sure to have a notebook handy as your to-be-read pile will grow as you add books, recipes, movies and t.v. series you won't want to miss. Not to mention folktales, myths or ideas you may wish to explore. Be careful what you wish for because on mayhemandmagic2 you just might find it.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
Writer:Chris Matheson (script)
- The Cuckoo's Calling
- by Robert Galbraith
- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Mulholland Books (April 30, 2013)
- ISBN-10: 0316206849
Lula's brother comes to him because he was once a friend of their brother Charlie. Strike and his temp secretary, Robin, investigate to find out if it truly was a suicide or murder. Robin is an incredibly likable and efficient character and adds a lot to the investigation and helping Cormoran through his hard times.
It was nice to see Rowling write something else I enjoyed. (Haven't read Casual vacancy yet). This is a good hard-boiled tale and quite different from Potter. This was a really good read, but paced slower than I might like. Not a fan of his name - small detail.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Read this as a buddy read (we both had in our TBR piles)
- File Size: 769 KB
- Print Length: 432 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (July 5, 2011)
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004G8QNGW
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
So why do I love them? Because I can comment as I go along instead of either making notes to discuss later or not remembering what I wanted to discuss much later after the book is finished. This esp. works well with mysteries as well because you have someone to guess killers, plot points whatever along the way. It is much easier to say don't you think Ed is acting suspiciously when he does that -- WHILE you are reading it, than after a book is done saying well, I thought Ed was a suspect for a while because.... By THEN you already know who did it and why and maybe don't care as much about Ed's weird behavior. LOL
Plus I tend to find that there is MUCH more discussion with a buddy read than after a book is finished and people just make more general comments about it. Like, I really liked Jane or it was a a satisfying read. Not that those comments are bad, it is just (to me anyway) more fun to bounce ideas and share emotions with someone (or several people) along the way.
Now the problems with buddy reads mostly occur when different paced readers pair up and one zips through the book in a couple days and is on to another book while the other person is playing catch up. Not too many great discussions that way. But if the people involved can agree with the pace and just HAVE FUN with it, it can be a very great time. And of course, you likely learn more about your partner(s) as you go, than in a big group discussion setting which is a nice bonus as well.
So for those who enjoy them, let me know if you want to give them a try sometime or pair up with a friend or two and try it yourself. The nice thing is you don't have to be there in person, technology makes it easy. Who knows, maybe I'll try one sometime with SKYPE. Never know...
Pam - we need to do one again as well - it has been a long long time!
Turns out I am glad I did. Not that it was BAD, it wasn't... It just wasn't that great either.
Familiar tale, Jack ends up with magic beans in a trade gone wrong. Bean ends up in ground and magic beanstalk grows. This time instead of one giant, there is a land of giants in the clouds.
Then we get an extra fairy tale element: A Princess to rescue, a brave knight (Ewan MacGregor) to lead the rescue and cute farmboy Jack to save the day. A great traitor twist (Stanley Tucci)
Not to mention a great director - Bryan Singer.
The elements were there, but...
I didn't work. It was very very slow and there was NO chemistry between Jack and the Princess.
What should have been a fun romp was a film with great visual effects, some wonderful performances and the rest not so much...
Monday, January 13, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Wonderland is a place where the impossible isn't always, where truth is strange. Alice Mae Liddell has made a deal with the Queen of Hearts involving the Heir and trying to survive a deadly prophecy. Only as she manipulates Ryley, she learns that love and hate are two very close things.
I am a sucker for prophecy stories. I love to see how the author pulls the clues together and weaves the turns so that it all fits but not in the way you expect. Sarah J. Pepper does a wonderful job of this. Wonderland and its residents have that blend of madness and impossibility I expected when I started the story and blending in the regular world and a normal boy who has no idea what he is in for when he meets Alice Mae, gives a refreshing take to the familiar story.
They must stop The Red Queen's Reign of Terror and fulfill the prophecy. The way it plays out and unfolds kept me turning pages and gave me a dark, fantastic journey with a lot of fun mixed in.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
- Homer & Langley - EL Doctorow
- Death of a Neighborhood Witch - Laura Levine
- Head to Head - Linda Ladd
- Section 132 - Helga Zeiner
- Body Count - PD Martin
- The Cure - Athol Dickson
- Dog On It - Spencer Quinn
- Dead is So Last Year - Marlene Perez
- Copycat - Erica Spindler
- Sorrows - Donna Fernstrom
- Doctor Who Episode-by-Episode (Years 1-3) - Ray Dexter
- The Hollow City - Dan Wells
Monday, January 6, 2014
Thursday, January 2, 2014
One of the things I find most fascinating when reading goals (particularly people's reading goals) is how specific they sometimes are. Not just number of books, but page goals, series goals, specific books, all nice and spelled out. Since I am a mood reader, that never works for me! LOL I barely know what I will be reading on a given day and it is subject to change as well. The goal lists are particularly interesting on Goodreads. I LOVE goodreads. Many others obviously do too. I did set my main book number goal of 150 for 2014, but that is it. And I do have general goals like reading more of JD Robb's books this year or more of Stephanie Plum series. But I don't like getting too specific. One of the things I don't get at all is the challenges. I love doing challenges. it can inspire me to read certain books or squeeze more in or whatnot. But that said, what amazes me is when a challenge is posted, and someone lists all the books they are GOING to read for it and then checks them off as they go. Very organized and inspiring but something I could NEVER do. :) It is more like I read something then see if it can fit the challenges. But then, our differences are what make us interesting.
What I do want to do though, is be better about posting reviews here. I always post something when I read a book on Goodreads. Sometimes just a few lines. The longer reviews I am more likely to post here. I want to get better about doing both.
For instance I did read a book yesterday and here it is:
A group of patients show up for their group therapy session on a stormy Manhattan night to find their therapist murdered.
Some nice twists and turns but overall, pretty slow and predictable. This is actually a play and doesn't read very well as such. But I think it would be a lot more fun and humorous as an actual production.
So that's the start to the year and I hope everyone is starting off good.